A new Judicial Mediation Pilot Scheme has been launched.
With the parties' consent, the case will be stayed pending mediation by a full-time tribunal chairman (specially trained for the purpose). The mediation can last for up to two days.
It applies to sex, race and disability discrimination cases, normally where there is an ongoing employment relationship. The trial is running for 6-12 months in Birmingham, London Central and Newcastle (Newcastle will also be mediating equal pay claims).
A guidance note for parties is available, giving further information about the pilot scheme. I've got a rather poor faxed copy of it here, but better copies are probably available somewhere!
[Thanks to Ed McFarlane of RBS Mentor for telling me about this.]